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Post By Špela Tušar
on 25. Mar 2013

Visit Velo City Vienna 2013

You know the feeling when you instantly connect with someone? We certainly do!
Shared interest and vision, eagerness to promote and develop cycling culture around urban spaces led us to contact with organizers of Velo-city 2013.

This is why we are happy to introduce Velo-city 2013 to all of you!
 

Well, let’s start off by having a closer look at Velo-city; even better, what the familiar ‘Velo’ even means (I didn’t know). The good Wikipeople offer this: Velo is the Latin root for speed, rapid, or swift; and early bikes were called Velocipedes (literally speed-foot) and didn’t have pedals, instead you propelled your feet on the ground to build speed.

So, now that we know that Velo has something to do with bikes, we can easily assume that Velo-city has something to do with bikes, urban environments and cycling culture.

 

The European Cyclists’ Federation’s Velo-city series of conferences are widely considered the premier international planning conferences on cycling, designed to encourage cycling as an integral part of daily transport and recreation.

Velo-city began in 1980 in Bremen, Germany with deep ties to the founding of the European Cyclists’ Federation. Since then conferences have been held in various cities including Copenhagen, Brussels, Barcelona and Montreal. Today Velo-city conferences attract some 1,000 delegates each. Velo-city conferences bring together people involved in policy, promotion and the provision of cycling facilities and programs. Engineers, planners, architects, social marketers, academic researchers, environmentalists, business, and industry representatives join forces with government at all levels ranging from local politicians, policy makers and educators in knowledge-sharing in order to build effective trans-national partnerships to deliver benefits worldwide. 

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This year the Velo-city 2013 conference will be held in Vienna, Austria from 11 to 14 June. Building on established Velo-city discourse topics such as mobility, ecology and climate, health, the economy, resources, time and space, and social policy, a new topic will be introduced for discussion at the conference in Vienna: cycling cultures. The theme-title of the conference is therefore framed as “The Sound of Cycling. Urban Cycling Cultures”.

You might be asking yourself why we’re sharing all this information with you.

First of all, if you have a little money on the side, live close to Vienna (or are happy to fly to Vienna), this is a great opportunity for any and all cycling enthusiasts. Below you’ll find some information on things happening at Up-front Velo-city 2013 and during the time of Velo-city 2013.

 

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Up-front Velo-city 2013

To show how diverse cycling cultures can be, the team behind Velo-city 2013 decided to blog about examples of cultural projects related to the bicycle, about the culture of (urban) cycling and about other interesting cultural phenomena from the (bi)cycling world.

 

The Cycling Visionaries Awards programme highlights new ideas aimed at evolving cycling cultures around the globe. The programme seeks to support young individuals from different backgrounds and cultural contexts engaged in the evolution of cycling as key to the future of urban mobility. Submit your ideas and projects for urban cycling! Win a Cycling Visionary Award and participate in the global discourse on urban cycling!

 

Awards categories:

Advocacy and Social Projects

Science, Research and Development

Design, Fashion and Cycling Equipment

Urban Planning and Urban Design supported by SRAM

Cycling and the Arts

 

Submissions for the Cycling Visionaries Awards open until 31 March 2013.

 

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During Velo-city 2013:

  • Workshop with Cycling Visionaries

Workshop on some cycling-specific topics, with the winners of the Cycling Visionaries Awards, a local Viennese award "Cycling Affairs", and some high-profile people from the Velo-city participants.

  • Exhibition

During Velo-city 2013 there will be an exhibition of student works around the idea of creating urban infrastructure for cycling. 

 

For more info please visit Velo-city and make sure we see you there. Also, see Velo -city photos on Flickr!, visit their FACEBOOK page or follow them on TWITTER.